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Robert Duncan, circa 1975

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Essays on Robert Duncan

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Robert Duncan's Prose Masterpiece, The H.D. Book

Robert Duncan at the University of Buffalo

Interview with Robert Duncan

Poet-scholar Jeff Hamilton on Robert Duncan

Robert Duncan at the GLBTQ website

Compare Percy Shelley and Robert Duncan

Robert Duncan at Neon Alley



Works by Robert Duncan

Medieval Scenes. San Francisco: Centaur Press, 1950.

Fragments of a Disordered Devotion. San Francisco: privately printed, 1952; reprinted, San Francisco: Gnomon Press; Toronto; Island Press, 1966.

The Opening of the Field. New York: New Directions, 1973.

Writing Writing a Composition Book Stein Imitations. Albuquerque, N.M.: Sumbooks, 1964.

Roots and Branches. New York: New Directions, 1968.

A Book of Resemblances: Poems 1950-1953. New Haven: Henry Wenning, 1966.

Bending the Bow. New York: New Directions, 1968.

The First Decade Selected Poems 1940-1950. London: Fulcrum Press, 1969.

The Venice Poem. Sydney, Australia: Prism, 1975.

Ground Work: Before the War. New York: New Directions, 1983.

Ground Work II: In the Dark. New York: New Directions, 1987.

Fictive Certainties: essays. New York: New Directions, 1985.

A Great Admiration: H.D. and Robert Duncan correspondence, 1950-1961. Edited by Robert J. Bertholf. Venice, CA: Lapis Press, 1992.

Selected Poems. Edited by Robert J. Bertholf. New York: New Directions, 1997.

Letters : poems 1953-1956. Edited and with an afterword by Robert J. Bertholf. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2003.

The Letters of Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov. Edited by Robert J. Bertholf and Albert Gelpi. Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 2004.

Bibliography of Works on Robert Duncan

Bertholf, Robert J. and Ian W. Reid, eds. Robert Duncan: Scales of the Marvelous. New York: New Directions, 1979.

the momenatary
War and the Scars upon the Land
I saw as
the overflow of our human creativity
ever meaning
more than we want to know, the debris
goods and evils
are left, surviving, or to die in starvation,
lives smoking and stinking
come ever into the reweaving.
The very thread is bitter in its radiance
draw it out glistening
into the fabric of intentions
another body my body is
commands.

From "The Torn Cloth" by Robert Duncan, published in Groundwork, 1984
Bryd, Donald. "The Questions of Wisdom as Such." In Scales of the Marvelous, edited by Robert J. Berthold and Ian W. Reid. New York: New Directions, 1979

Butterick, George F. "Seraphic Predator: A First Reading of Robert Duncan's Ground Work." Sagetrieb 402/3 (fall/winter 1985).

Davidson, Michael. Ghostlier Demarcations. Berkeley. University of California Press, 1998.

Dawson, Fielding. The Black Mountain Book: A New Edition. Rocky Mount: North Carolina Wesleyan College Press, 1991.

Ellingham, Lewis and Kevin Killian. Poet Be like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance. Hanover, N.H.: Wesleyan University Press, 1998.

Faas, Ekbert. Young Robert Duncan: portrait of the poet as homosexual in society. Santa Barbara, California: Black Sparrow Press, 1983.

Fredman, Stephen. The Grounding of American Poetry: Charles Olson and the Emersonian Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Mackey, Nathaniel. Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

---. "Gassire's Lute: Robert Duncan's Vietnam War Poems." Part 1 in Talisman 5 (fall 1990): 141-164. Part 2 in Talisman 6 (Spring 1991): 86-99. Part 3 in Talisman 7 (fall 1991): 141-166. Parts 4 and 5 in Talisman 8 (Spring 1992): 189-221.

O'Leary, Peter. Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan and the Poetry of Illness. Middleton, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2002.

Paul, Sherman. The Lost America of Love: rereading Robert Creeley, Edward Dorn, and Robert Duncan. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1981.

Perloff, Marjorie. "Poetry in Time of War: The Duncan-Levertov Correspondence." In Poetry on and off the Page. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1998.

Rasula, Jed. This Compost: Ecological Imperatives in American Poetry. Athens, Georgia. The University of Georgia Press, 2002.

Rumaker, Michael. Robert Duncan in San Francisco. San Francisco CA: City Lights Books, 1983